Cork’s young boxers fight the good fight

Cork’s young boxers fight the good fight

Referee Shane Forde calls the attention of boxers Michael Bennett of Dunmanway BC in Red and John O’Reilly of Sunnyside. Picture: Doug Minihane

THE Cork 2020 Boys and Girls Championships was completed over three consecutive days of intense action at the Cork Boxing Centre in Churchfield recently.

The Cork County Boxing Board were delighted with the high entry levels, according to Secretary John Wiseman.

He said: "In my fifteen years as County Secretary, this was by far the biggest club entry we have seen in that period. The Championships are now attracting huge attention for many reasons."

A large crowd watching on during the Cork County Boxing Championships recently. Picture: Doug Minihane
A large crowd watching on during the Cork County Boxing Championships recently. Picture: Doug Minihane

Wiseman explained that clubs now had much better conditions and the success enjoyed by Cork's boxers in national and international competition over the last number of years had contributed to making the sport attractive to many young athletes with huge female participation in the sport."

The main hall in the Boxing Centre was packed to the rafters on the Saturday and Sunday of the flagship tournament of Leeside boxing.

A fine crowd also attended the final day of competition on Monday evening. The Director of Cork Boxing, John Casey, oversaw the tournament and refereed many of bouts. Casey was also on hand to address technical issues in the ring as they arose.

His role was complemented by the high standard of refereeing and judging which was acknowledged by many old heads in the attendance.

The Chief Offical was Board Vice-President Billy O'Sullivan who did a first-class job in his capacity.

Boxer David Joshvilli of Togher BC is tended to by coaches Lisa O’Mahony and Louise Forde during the Cork County Boxing Championships. Picture: Doug Minihane
Boxer David Joshvilli of Togher BC is tended to by coaches Lisa O’Mahony and Louise Forde during the Cork County Boxing Championships. Picture: Doug Minihane

The 2020 edition of the tournament was run on the format devised five years ago. All clubs were notified in advance of IABA policy regarding rule book provisions advising all clubs that they were responsible for their boxers and supporters.

Equally, the Board reminded all that indiscipline and inappropriate behaviour would not be tolerated.

"To the credit of all concerned, all bouts were contested in a competitive and sporting manner, and the rivalry which exists amongst the clubs was once again evident, " said Board President Michael O'Brien.

"While enthusiasm for success prevailed, all boxers displayed high standards of sportsmanship in victory and defeat. As part of the Board's gender balance programme, the top table included many female officials."

Aine McLoughlin, Louise Forde and Liz Nolan were on hand throughout the tourney while Vance O'Connell ran the hospitality suite and shop.

Board Treasurer Nicola Murphy oversaw all fiscal affairs. The door personnel were Ted Dineen and the evergreen John Crowley who has given sterling service at both League and Championships level for many years.

20200215 Boxing - Boys County Championships 2020 , Conor O’Donoghue of MidletonBC in action during the Championships. Picture: Doug Minihane
20200215 Boxing - Boys County Championships 2020 , Conor O’Donoghue of MidletonBC in action during the Championships. Picture: Doug Minihane

The medals were presented in rotational order by Michael O'Brien and Nicola Murphy.

A special certificate was also issued this year to acknowledge the sacrifices of former Lord Mayors Tomas Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney 100 years ago.

Michael O'Brien thanked all for the contribution to the Championships and congratulated all champions and participants.

20200216 Boxing - Cork County Championships 2020 - Barcelona 1992 Olympian Paul Buttimer, now head coach of Northside BC, tends to his son Ryan during his championship debut at the Boxing Centre in Churchfield. Picture: Doug Minihane
20200216 Boxing - Cork County Championships 2020 - Barcelona 1992 Olympian Paul Buttimer, now head coach of Northside BC, tends to his son Ryan during his championship debut at the Boxing Centre in Churchfield. Picture: Doug Minihane

He also paid tribute to photographer Doug Minihane whom, he said, did a magnificent job in capturing the spirit of the 2020 Cork Boxing Championships.

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